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Raising Cane's to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army's Old Market Employee Emergency Fund


WHAT:
  Fundraising event at Raising Cane’s Restaurants to support the employees affected by the Old Market fire that took place on January 9. 15% of sales will go to The Salvation Army’s Old Market Employee Emergency Fund. There will be a “fundraiser” button added to each register, so customers can donate cash or charge an additional donation to their credit card if they inform the cashier at the time of checkout.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – close.

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Raising Cane's to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army Old Market Employee Emergency Fund


On Thursday, Feb. 11, all three Raising Cane's restaurant locations in Omaha will host a fundraising event to benefit The Salvation Army’s Old Market Employee Emergency Fund. 15% of sales will go to the fund. Customers must inform the cashier they would like to contribute to the fund. 100% of every dollar donated will go directly to this emergency fund.

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Parents' Night Out at The Salvation Army Kroc Center


When: 
   Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where:    The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

What:     Parent’s Night Out 


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The Salvation Army Searches for Young Heroes


The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2016 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for their commitment to others and to the community.

Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to be eligible for entry. Forms are available at most Nebraska high school guidance offices, online at SalArmyOmaha.org or by calling 402-898-5906.

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The Salvation Army Old Market Employee Emergency Fund Needs Assessments Begin Feb. 1

In partnership with Old Market business owners, The Salvation Army activated a disaster relief fund to assist the employees affected by the Old Market fire in the M's building in downtown Omaha on January 9.

Old Market employees in need of human services including material assistance and other basic necessities, are encouraged to apply for assistance from the newly created fund. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to this emergency fund.

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The Salvation Army Employee Emergency Fund Now Accepting Donations

In partnership with business owners, The Salvation Army has opened a disaster relief fund to assist the employees impacted by the devastating Old Market fire in the M’s building in downtown Omaha on January 9. Employees in need of human services including material assistance and other basic necessities, are encouraged to apply for assistance from the newly created fund. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the emergency fund.

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Moving Closer to Fundraising Goal

The Salvation Army is closing in on its annual fundraising goal while continuing to ask for the public’s support as the Tree of Lights campaign continues through January 31. To date, the Army has raised 90% of its $3 million goal. The organization is confident it will reach its goal, with the help from the local community.


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The Salvation Army Urges Year-End Giving

Donors can still give to The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign and lighten their tax bill at the same time. “Year-end donations give twice,” said Jeff Beckman, Executive Director of Development.  “By supporting the Tree of Lights Campaign, donors can receive a charitable tax deduction while immediately helping needy families here in the metro.”

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The Salvation Army Urges Year-End Giving

MAXIMIZE TAX BENEFITS FOR 2015 AND PROVIDE HELP TO THOSE IN GREATEST NEED

Donors can still give to The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign and lighten their tax bill at the same time.  “Year-end donations give twice,” said Linda Garbina, Divisional Director of Planned Giving. “By supporting the Tree of Lights Campaign, donors can receive a charitable tax deduction while immediately helping families in need here in the metro.”

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Short of Goal



The Salvation Army continues to ask for the public’s support as its Red Kettle campaign continues through December 24.  To date, the Army has raised $2,005,581 or 70% of its $3 million goal.  Currently the campaign is running slightly behind when compared to last year at this time. Contributions support many food, shelter and healthcare needs in the community.

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The Salvation Army Toyland Days Brings Christmas to Children in Need


The Salvation Army’s toy distribution program has registered over 1,300 families who requested and qualified for assistance, to shop the annual “Toyland Days.” The event helps more than 4,600 local children enjoy a merrier Christmas this year.

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Local Celebrities to Ring Bells for The Salvation Army this Saturday


The Mayor of Omaha and Fire Chief Bernie Kanger are among the local celebrities ringing bells for The Salvation Army this Saturday, Dec. 19 at Village Pointe Shopping Center. The celebrity bell ringers will be at Village Pointe from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to bring awareness and support to the Army’s Red Kettle Drive.

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The Salvation Army Requests Men's Coats for Winter Night Watch


For 26 years, The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program has helped make cold winter nights bearable for the homeless and near-homeless of Omaha. This program has depleted its supply of coats for the winter 2015 season and is issuing an urgent call for men’s coats of all sizes.  Coats may be dropped off at the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle.


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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Impacted by Wind and Rain


The Salvation Army Tree of Lights has experienced multiple power outages as a result of inclement weather today and over the past weekend. Safety concerns have made it necessary to cut power this morning to the Tree of Lights until weather conditions improve. The 75-foot tree is illuminated by 85,000 LED lights. When connections become extremely wet they often fail.

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Omaha Salvation Army and Karen Sokolof Javitch Partner for Red Kettle Donor Giveaway
The Omaha Salvation Army announced today that on December 19 at the Village Pointe Shopping Center, 200 “Christmastime” CD’s by Omaha’s Karen Sokolof Javitch will be given away to donors who give to the Red Kettles sites at the final Celebrity Bell Ringing Day.

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Local Walmart Hosts “Fill The Truck” Toy Drive to Support The Salvation Army


Initiative to Help Provide a Cheerful Christmas to Children in the Omaha Metro

WHO:          The Omaha Salvation Army and Walmart

WHAT:      The Walmart stores at 12850 L Street and 1606 S 72nd Street will host a “Fill the Truck” event on Friday, Dec. 11 and the Walmart store at 16960 W Maple Road on Saturday, Dec. 12. The event is open to the general public to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s collection bin.  Once the bin is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to The Salvation Army’s Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street, and distribute the gifts to local children in need. 

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Update


The Salvation Army continues to ask for the public’s support as its Red Kettle campaign continues through December 24.  To date, the Army has raised $976,403 or 32.5% of its $3 million goal.  Currently the campaign is running $114,000 behind when compared to last year at this time.

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Christmas Break Day Camp at The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center



The Omaha Kroc Center is offering full-day camp sessions during Omaha Public Schools Winter Recess. Activities include swimming, games, and more. Call the Kroc’s Welcome Desk at 402-905-3500 by Sunday, Dec. 20, for advance registration. Daily registration is also available.

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The Salvation Army General's 2015 Christmas Message



Click here to view The Salvation Army's 2015 Christmas Message from General André Cox


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Breakfast with Santa at The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center


When:    Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Where:    The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

What:     The annual Breakfast with Santa invites families and individuals of all ages to come to the Omaha Kroc Center and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Update


The Salvation Army continues to ask for the public’s support as its Red Kettle campaign continues through December 24.  To date, the Army has raised $744,701 or 24.8% of its $3 million goal.  Currently the campaign is running $147,200 behind when compared to last year at this time.


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The Salvation Army and Omaha Fire Department Holiday Food Drive Dec. 1 through 23
The Omaha Fire Department and The Salvation Army are building upon their partnership of collecting donated food to include the 2015 “Holiday Food Drive.”  This cooperation will provide food for The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry to help those in need and at-risk for hunger during this holiday season. 

Children who don’t have access to regular, nutritious meals can suffer long-term effects, both academically and in growth and development.


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Gingerbread Decorating Party at the Omaha Kroc Center


When:
    Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Where:    The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

What:     The annual Gingerbread Decorating Party is a sweet holiday tradition and invites families and individuals of all ages to come to the Omaha Kroc Center and decorate gingerbread houses with icing and candies! When you’re finished decorating we’ll clean up the mess!


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Local Walmart Hosts "Fill the Truck" Toy Drive to Support The Salvation Army

Initiative to Help Provide a Cheerful Christmas to Children in the Omaha Metro



WHO:          The Omaha Salvation Army and Walmart

WHAT:
     The Walmart stores at 12850 L Street and 1606 S 72 Street will host a “Fill the Truck” event on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. This initiative is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s collection bin.  Once the bin is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to The Salvation Army’s Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street and distribute the gifts to local children in need.  


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The Salvation Army Promotes Giving Tuesday through Various Initiatives and Events on Dec. 1

Giving Tuesday, an international day encouraging philanthropy on Dec. 1, was created as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days around Thanksgiving devoted to commerce. The initiative takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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The Salvation Army and Omaha Fire Department Holiday Food Drive Kicks off on "Giving Tuesday"
The Omaha Fire Department and The Salvation Army are building upon their partnership of collecting donated food to include the 2015 Holiday Food Drive. This cooperation will provide food for The Salvation Army’s food pantry to help those in need and at-risk for hunger during this holiday season.

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Update


The Salvation Army asks for the public’s support as its Red Kettle campaign continues through December 24.  To date, the Army has raised $564,693 or 18.8% of its $3 million goal.

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The Salvation Army Promotes Giving Tuesday through Various Initiatives and Events on Dec. 1


Giving Tuesday, an international day encouraging philanthropy, is Dec. 1. Created as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days around Thanksgiving devoted to commerce, the initiative takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The goal is to remind people of the importance of donations to nonprofits that do social service, especially as Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays take focus, and cold weather makes living more difficult for many.

Sam & Louie’s Pizza and Catering is partnering with The Salvation Army for Tired of Turkey, a day-long Giving Tuesday project also taking place Dec. 1, Sam & Louie’s will donate 15% of in-store, take home, and catering sales for every order over $25 to The Salvation Army and will offer their customers a further opportunity to round up their purchases and donate additional funds. People are urged to take a break from Thanksgiving leftovers, and to enjoy Sam & Louie’s, which will support The Salvation Army’s programs that help people throughout the year. 

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The Salvation Army Winter Night Watch Approaches Its 27th Year of Service
For 26 years, The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program has helped make cold winter nights bearable for the homeless and near-homeless of Omaha. The mobile feeding program will make its first run of the season on Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, departing at 6 p.m. from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle.  Winter Night Watch takes aid directly to the streets, providing low income and often homeless people with a hot meal and warm clothing. While the program meets the immediate physical needs of people, it also offers individuals counseling and the opportunity to move off the streets.

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The Salvation Army Hosts TurkeyFest 2015: A 24-Year Tradition on Thanksgiving Day

 

This Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army will sponsor its 24th annual TurkeyFest at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street.  The city-wide feeding effort provides a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner to those who would otherwise have none.

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Bellevue Holiday Open House to Raise Money for The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign


The public is invited to a benefit for The Salvation Army. Media is welcome to attend this celebration. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food for The Salvation Army food pantry.

Bellevue’s Holiday Open House to Support The Salvation Army, sponsored by Marathon Ventures, showcases the nine-foot, 700-pound Salvation Army Red Kettle created by Marathon Ventures. The two-hour event will be officiated by Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders and will feature refreshments provided by the Bellevue Chick-fil-A, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a fireworks salute by Bellino, and holiday music by guitarist Andrew Stickman.
 
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The Salvation Army Hosts TurkeyFest 2015: Meals Still Available, Register by Friday


This Thanksgiving Day, The Salvation Army will sponsor its 24th annual TurkeyFest at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street on Nov. 26.  The city-wide feeding effort provides a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner to those who would otherwise have none. It also assures that older adults are not alone on the national holiday.

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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Kickoff Tonight



WHO:     Public Invited

WHAT:    The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Kickoff

WHEN:    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.
    
WHERE:    American National Bank
        Corner of 90th and Dodge Streets

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The Salvation Army's Annual Christmas Toy Lift
The Salvation Army helps deliver Christmas cheer to local children

With the holidays fast approaching, local families are readying themselves for the delight of Christmas Day.  But there are some families in the metro that find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit, and that’s where The Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Lift steps in.

The Christmas Toy Lift is supported in part by donations to the Tree of Lights campaign and for the past 12 years has provided incarcerated family members of Douglas County Correctional and Youth Centers the chance to give their children a Merry Christmas.  What started as a program for approximately 600 children grew to over 1,600 last year.

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Public Invited to Tree of Lights Kickoff Ceremony
New Giant Mural to Be Installed



The Salvation Army and American National Bank welcome the public to the annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights Kickoff on Friday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. at American National Bank, located on the corner of 90th and Dodge Streets. 


The Tree of Lights mural will be installed by Heartland Scenic Studio on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American National Bank.


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The Salvation Army and the LGBT Community


Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves nearly 30 million Americans - or one person every second - from a variety of backgrounds. People who come to us for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


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Public Invited to Tree of Lights Kickoff Ceremony

New Giant Mural To Be Unveiled



The Salvation Army and American National Bank welcome the public to the annual Salvation Army Tree of Lights lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. at American National Bank, located on the corner of 90th and Dodge Streets. 

The public is welcome to attend the celebration and lighting ceremony.  The Tree of Lights weighs more than 6,000 pounds, stands 75 feet tall and is illuminated by 85,000 LED lights, 657 giant LED starbursts, and a six-foot animated star on top.

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The Salvation Army Angel Trees in Local Area Malls and Businesses Nov. 2 through Dec. 18


The Salvation Army Angel Tree program for children, ages 0-18, has been helping local low-income families since the charity began serving Omaha 127 years ago. The holiday toy program relies entirely on the generosity of the community. Last year, the Angel Tree program provided toys for thousands of children in the Omaha metro.


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The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Interviews Continue


Christmas Sign-Up client interviews continue today. Those interviews help the Army identify the families most in need of assistance this holiday season. Those families are encouraged to apply in person. 

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must apply in person
  • Proof of income
  • Social security cards, birth certificates or official documentation for every family member
  • Applicant picture identification
  • Verification of address
  • If applying for Adopt A Family program, current phone bill required

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Military Appreciation Weekend at Omaha Kroc Center



WHAT:    Military Appreciation Weekend
FREE Admission for current and past servicemen and women and their immediate families!

WHEN:    Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2015

WHERE:    Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

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The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Interviews Begin Monday, November 2


Christmas Sign-Up client interviews begin on Monday, November 2. These interviews help the Army identify the families who are most in need of assistance this holiday season. Those in need this holiday season are encouraged to apply in person. 


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The Salvation Army Tree of Lights to be Assembled October 30 & 31


The Salvation Army will transport its 75-foot Tree of Lights from University of Nebraska Medical Center to American National Bank at 90th and Dodge Streets on Friday, October 30. The 6,000-pound steel tree, designed by Brite Ideas Decorating, consists of more than 85,000 LED lights, 657 LED starbursts and over 200 twinkling strobe lights. Topping the tree is a 6-foot animated star.

The Tree of Lights is scheduled to arrive at the bank on Friday, Oct. 30 between 2:30 - 3 p.m. where it will remain throughout the holiday season.
 
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Salvation Army to Host Free Identity Theft Prevention Seminar October 21


The Salvation Army and Cox Communications invite the community to attend Shield Your Identity, a free identity theft prevention seminar. The event will take place Wednesday, October 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and again from 4
5:30 p.m. at Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Food and refreshments will be served.


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Salvation Army Kroc Center Receives Community Awards


The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center was recently honored with two awards. The awards recognized the beneficial contributions of the Community Center to the underserved in the South Omaha community.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

Staff and volunteers on the ground serving physical, emotional and spiritual needs in Europe

The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, medical aid, legal assistance, and emotional and spiritual care to refugees and migrants in 13 European countries. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 360,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea in the first eight months of 2015, representing more than a 63 percent increase over the yearly total in 2014.

“It’s our ethical and humanitarian responsibility to provide support to individuals and families fleeing their homelands in crisis,” said Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bowers, National Secretary of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). “In partnership with our International Headquarters and the help of staff and volunteers in local communities, we have been able to meet refugees with compassion and hope.”

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Omaha Kroc Center Enhances Facility to Meet Community Needs


At The Salvation Army Omaha Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, it was announced that The Salvation Army's Territorial leaders, based in Chicago, have decided to make a $7 million investment in the Omaha Kroc Center. These dollars have been earmarked to fund an enhancement construction project that will help meet the growing demands of the population served by the Kroc Center. This additional funding will bring the investment in Omaha by the Army through the Joan Kroc estate to $82.6 million.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OMAHA KROC CENTER TO BE PRESENTED WITH $5,000 LET’S PLAY GRANT FROM DR PEPPER SNAPPLE AND NATIONAL NON-PROFIT GOOD SPORTS


WHAT:
    Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Center Officer, will make remarks at a check presentation followed by a photo opportunity with Major Thielke; Brandon Palmer, Sports and Recreation Manager; and a representative from Dr Pepper Snapple.

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Ten Years Later, The Salvation Army Continues to Serve People of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina


The Salvation Army continues to be a source of hope, stability and service to the residents of the Gulf Coast 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. With a presence in every ZIP code in America, The Salvation Army organized a nationwide response to support survivors during and immediately after the storm, and for years following. The 2005 hurricane season, the busiest and most costly in U.S. history, spurred The Salvation Army’s largest emergency disaster response ever in this country.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Presents the Third Annual BaconFest Omaha: Tickets Still Available


The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be sizzling on Sunday, August 9 for its third annual BaconFest Omaha. This afternoon of food, family and fun will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the Festival Plaza of the Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street.  The event will be held rain or shine.

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The Salvation Army/KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program: School Supply Distribution August 7 & 8



The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids will distribute new backpacks and school supplies this Friday and Saturday in Omaha.

August 7 – The Salvation Army North Corps Community Center, 2424 Pratt Street and the Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St, 9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm. Aug. 8 – Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 9am – 12pm.  North Corps and Kroc Center, 9 am – 12 pm and 12:30 – 2 pm. The Council Bluffs Back to School distribution is August 21, 2 pm – 5 pm. Applicants must be Iowa residents and already pre-registered. For more information call 712-328-2088. For more information on the Omaha distribution call 402.898.5866.


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United Way of the Midlands Awards $528,901 to The Salvation Army: Grand to Fund 12 Social Service Programs
The Salvation Army is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $528,901 grant from the United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, 12 Salvation Army social service programs will receive funding.

Through these programs, The Salvation Army helps people in need in the Omaha community.  Areas of focus include homelessness, mental and behavioral health, food and material assistance, poverty alleviation, youth development and housing.


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The Salvation Army/KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program: School Supplies Needed
The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids have teamed up to collect new school supplies through August 5. Every year, the Back to School Backpack Program provides thousands of children with backpacks and school supplies at locations across the metro. The 2015 premier sponsor is Methodist Health System. Back to School collection partners are Brakes Plus and Fun-Plex Waterpark and Rides.

The following new items are needed:  backpacks, crayons, markers, rulers, glue, erasers, spiral notebooks, two pocket folders, pencils, pens, hand sanitizer, tissue, reusable water bottles, and theme paper.


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The Salvation Army Kroc Center Presents the Third Annual BaconFest Omaha


The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be sizzling on Sunday, August 9 for its third annual BaconFest Omaha. This afternoon of food, family and fun will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the Festival Plaza of the Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street.

The highlight of this year’s BaconFest Omaha is the Farmland Bacon Cook-Off. More than 1,000 pounds of bacon will be donated by Farmland Foods for the competition, which will feature Omaha chefs creating their best bacon-inspired dishes. Attendees of the event will have the chance to taste the dishes and vote for their favorites. A panel of judges will help determine the winner of Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish and Best in Show.

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New Officers Appointed to Omaha North Corps Community Center
Majors Randall and Susan Summit have been newly appointed to serve as corps officers of the Omaha North Corps Community Center, 2424 Pratt Street. The Majors will oversee Salvation Army operations at the center, known in the north Omaha community as “The Sal.”

Major Randall was born in Kirksville, Missouri, and has lived in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Indiana and Kansas. Major Susan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has lived in Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Indiana and Kansas.

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The Salvation Army Continues to Provide Relief from Heat
The Salvation Army community cooling centers are open for people who need a break from the extreme heat. Cooling centers will be open Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the following locations:

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street
North Corps, 2424 Pratt Street
Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Council Bluffs, 715 N 16th Street

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The Omaha Salvation Army Receives a Shipment of 330 Fans to Help Those in Need


WHAT:     The end of summer is still over a month away and The Salvation Army’s work of distributing fans is far from over.

This week, they will be picking up a supply of 330 new box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware to distribute to those in need.

Westlake recently hosted a fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army. Omaha area customers generously donated enough funds to purchase 330 new box fans for the charity.

WHERE:     Fans will be loaded onto a Salvation Army vehicle at Westlake Hardware, 8425 W. Center Rd., Omaha.

WHEN:
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 12:30 p.m.

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The Salvation Army Continues to Offer Relief from Heat
The Salvation Army community cooling centers are open for people who need a break from the extreme heat. Beginning today, July 27, cooling centers will be open through Tuesday, July 28, or until the heat wave breaks, at the following locations:

         Monday and Tuesday, July 27 & 28
         8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
         Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street
         North Corps, 2424 Pratt Street
         Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street
         8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
         Council Bluffs, 715 N 16th Street

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The Salvation Army/KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program Underway
 

The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids are teaming up to collect new school supplies from July 1 through August 5.  Every year, the Back to School Backpack Program provides thousands of children with backpacks, school supplies and free school health checks at locations across the metro. 

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Free Football Camp with Former Nebraska Cornhusker Football Players and Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers at The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center


The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center along with PlaySmart, PlayMakers and Circle of Stars are hosting a Free Football Camp for kids ages 5+ on Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Johnny Rodgers, 1972 Heisman Trophy Winner; Coach Greg Roeszler (Coach Roz), Founder & Executive Director of Playmakers; former Nebraska Cornhusker football players; and a former NFL Oakland Raiders quarterback will be mentoring children at the football camp at The Salvation Army’s Omaha Kroc Center.


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Mayor Stothert to Pardon "Sallie" the Pig on July 23 in Recognition of the Third Annual BaconFest Omaha


The president of the United States has pardoned a turkey on Thanksgiving Day since the days of Abraham Lincoln.  In Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert will pardon a piglet on behalf of The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center’s BaconFest Omaha.


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Free Moose Tracks Ice Cream Set to Generate $10,000 for the Omaha Salvation Army
      



Denali Flavors, developers of the delicious Moose Tracks ice cream, Hiland Dairy, and The Salvation Army invite all Omaha residents to participate in the most philanthropic ice cream social of all time. This event takes place on July 22 and is completely free and open to the community.

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SALVATION ARMY AND KETV 7 CAN HELP KIDS BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACK PROGRAM KICKS OFF WITH COLLEGIATE COALITION


For the sixth consecutive year, area universities are participating in the Back-To-School Collegiate Coalition to support The Salvation Army and KETV 7 Can Help Kids Back-To-School Backpack Program. A pep rally will be held on Friday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street. Backpacks full of school supplies will be given to local children.  KETV NewsWatch 7 anchor and reporter Melissa Fry will emcee the event.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center's Camp Kroc Kids - Police Academy Week Wraps up with Graduation


Some Omaha Police Officers spent the mornings this week teaching Camp Kroc Kids about being good community helpers, when to call 911 and the kinds of jobs police officers do. They also covered topics on Internet and Phone Safety, Bullying, Making Good Choices, Drug Awareness, Gang Awareness, Gun Safety and Traffic Lights.


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NBA Player to Hold Basketball Camp at Salvation Army North Corps Center July 8

The Salvation Army North Corps Community Center will host National Basketball Association player PJ Tucker for a day-long basketball camp. PJ Tucker is a professional basketball player who played three seasons at the University of Texas, earning the titles of Second Team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year. He has played for the Phoenix Suns since the summer of 2012.

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Westlake Hardware Fan Drive Helps Those In Need Beat The Heat



Westlake Ace Hardware teams up with The Salvation Army
in Omaha to raise money for fans.

This summer, Westlake Ace Hardware has once again teamed up with The Salvation Army in Omaha to help collect money for fans. All money raised will be used to purchase fans the local charity will distribute this summer to qualified individuals.

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Team WLSL™ Set to Break World Record on June 18, 2015

 
Largest Swim Lesson in 24 Hours Sends the Message
Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions around the globe.

The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center Serving as an Official Host Location

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record.™ The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place at 10 a.m. CDT.

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Traditional Tent Revival

 
Weekend activities are open to the public.  Highlights include
food, refreshments, music and activities for children. 

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NATIONAL STUDY QUANTIFIES IMPACT OF SALVATION ARMY RAY AND JOAN KROC CORPS COMMUNITY CENTERS, UNDERSCORES LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

 

Eleven years after Joan Kroc’s historic $1.5 billion bequest to The Salvation Army, 26
Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers ­– including Omaha – are now open, providing a variety of cultural, educational, fitness and social programs in neighborhoods that historically have lacked them. In a study commissioned by The Salvation Army, researchers at Partners for Sacred Places and McClanahan Associates, Inc. quantified the annual positive social and economic impact these centers are creating for and in their communities, totaling $258,178,776 (based on 2014 data).

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The Salvation Army's Emergency Response in Nepal: An Overview
PrayForNepalAS The Salvation Army's response in Nepal continues to grow, Damaris Frick – from The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services – has provided an overview of the many activities currently taking place, along with an insight into the way the international team is fully sharing with the people of Nepal, especially as they recover from a second major earthquake.

The relief operations underway can loosely be separated into urban and rural projects. Broadly speaking, the urban ministry – in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur – is centred around camps for displaced people, including camp management roles and the provision of food and water. In rural areas, The Salvation Army is supplying food and shelter to remote communities in Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok Districts and around Ghorka.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OMAHA KROC CENTER CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS SERVING THE OMAHA COMMUNITY



The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center is celebrating five years of making Omaha a better place.  In those five years, over one million people have entered the Kroc Center for programs, services, and community events. 

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The Salvation Army Old Market Employee Emergency Fund



In partnership with Old Market business owners, The Salvation Army activated a disaster relief fund to assist the employees affected by the Old Market fire in the M's building in downtown Omaha on January 9th.

Old Market employees in need of human services including material assistance and other basic necessities, are encouraged to apply for assistance from the newly created fund. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to this emergency fund.
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